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  Project Name

 

Livelihood generation support for visually impaired women

  NGO

 

Prerana Resource Centre

  Category

 

livelihood generation

  District

 

Bangalore

  State

 

Karnataka

  Budget Approved

 

$ 2000

 

  Year Approved

 

2005

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

   2  

  Chapter Coordinators

 

Komudi Singh

 

Columbus
Columbus

 

  Caption

 

 

A typical scene at the Prerna Resource Center. Blind women working together to earn a sustainable livelihood for themselves. In this particular picture, you see women making baskets and garlands. It has been a very good source of income for them.

 

  Summary

 

 

Prerna Resource Center, established in 1994, is a registered Non Governmental Organization based in Bangalore. The focus area of this NGO is (disabled) women empowerment – in particular working for destitute women , visually impaired women and other disabled women. The organization works to provide a ‘total rehabilitation’ of these women through counseling, medical assistence, education and finally train them earn a livelihood, so that the women can lead a self sustained and independent life.

For instance, a FREE RESIDENTIAL HOSTAL hosts 35 disabled women, of which 22 are blind girls, 10 are orthopeadically handicapped and 3 are deaf and dumb and most of these girls are orphan. It is to be noted that nearly 10% of the total population of Karnataka is disabled of which women comprise of nearly half.

This project aims at funding the livelihood generation part of the Prerna program. The NGO already runs a plastic caps production center in which 4 girls are working. The plan of the project is to start a Plastic Moulding Company, with better equipements, so that nearly 15 disabled women can take benefit. The minimun expected profits from this business is about Rs.12,000 per month. Basically the proposal requested funding for Infrastructure needs such as rent for the place where the company would be located, machinery, tools, raw materials. The total requested funding was nearly Rs. 2 Lakhs. AID Columbus funded $2000 towards the infrastructure.

The organization has been able to generate income on the expected lines. Nearly 45 women took part in Plastic Moulding Training and were immensely benefitted. It has also helped in rehabilitation of 12 teenage diabled girls. They are earning around Rs. 2000 per month from this unit. Apart from this, NGO has made substantial progress in various other activities too. Visit NGOs website www.prc.co.in for details.

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

The organization has been able to generate income on the expected lines. Nearly 45 women took part in Plastic Moulding Training and were immensely benefitted. It has also helped in rehabilitation of 12 teenage diabled girls. They are earning around Rs. 2000 per month from this unit. Four girls are married and settled in life with their partners.

 

  Goals

 

 

This project broadly aims at providing a livelihood generation for the disabled women, by funding the Infrastructure needs of the NGO. Currently (as in 2002 – before funding), the NGO has two hand moulding machines to make plastic caps. This makes production slow, hence they earn just about Rs. 4000 per month. Now they propose to procure a semi-automatic Moulding machine, expected at Rs. 77,000/-. Apart from this raw materials and machinery requires an investment of Rs. 43,000/-. A new place to work would be leased at Rs. 80,000/-. In all approximately Rs 2 lakhs are required for this new set up. AID Columbus partly funded this project by providing $2000 towards the infrastructure requirements. Given that the NGO has already trained 15 girls in working with manual machines. And that the NGO has also contacted the companies which have already shown interest in purchasing the produced goods. The good preparation, in terms of both labor and marketing, of the project makes this a very sustainable investment. With the new machine in place at least 15 girls can work and this would generate livelihood requirements for them.

 
 

  


 
 
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